Ian McQue, Lead Concept Artist and Assistant Art Director at Rockstar North, will be teaching a Professional Concept Art Course over the weekend of 6-7 August 2011 in Scotland, UK.
The course offers a rare opportunity for game and concept artists from around the world to learn first-hand from one of the industry’s premier talents. Ian McQue’s ‘Skyboat’ series of paintings are celebrated globally, and he’s worked for over 15 years as a Lead Artist, Concept Artist and Assistant Art Director on some of the most successful games in the industry – including the entire Grand Theft Auto series.
The course consists of live instruction in painting, sketching, perspective, vehicle and character design, composition, and colour theory for computer games and freelance work.
It focuses on using real life reference and the world around you to achieve credibility and solve visual problems through concept art.
“I’ll be doing a live painting demonstration along with portfolio reviews and one-to-one tuition,” says Ian. “Above all it’ll be a fun and informal couple of days making art in Scotland’s sunniest city! It should be a great experience. See you there!”
• The course takes place over two days at The CTA, Unit 27, City Quay, Dundee, DD1 3JW from 10am -5pm on Sat 6 and Sun 7 August 2011 (Tel: 01382 458365). Places n the course can be reserved at infoATcomputertrainingacademy.co.uk.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.